Rosacea is a skin condition that affects the face and is a form of adult acne. It is characterized by a rash that consists of red, irritated skin. When the condition begins to affect the eyes, it can result in intense burning and itching. The redness normally covers the features of the face including the chin, nose, forehead, and cheeks. In severe cases, the rash may include small, fluid-filled pimples or blisters. There are certain triggers of rosacea, including heat, spicy foods, alcohol, stress, and intense exercise. Rosacea is characterized by a particular pattern on the skin that allows it to be easily diagnosed.
While there is no cure for rosacea, a dermatologist can advise you avoiding certain triggers and can prescribe medication to help control the condition. Even though rosacea is not caused by an infection, oral and topical antibiotics can help reduce the severity of certain symptoms. In the right situation, glycolic acid may also be used to treat the symptoms of rosacea. Laser treatments that resurface the skin can help to eliminate the small bumps, pimples, and thickened areas of the skin. An IPL photo-facial can also reduce the appearance of the tiny, red blood vessels that often appear during an outbreak.
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